Davis Studio has partnered with Kayla’s Directory to offer art classes for individuals ages 3-24. These monthly classes allow children to explore different aspects of art in a safe and fun environment. Teresa Davis runs this amazing class along with some helpful community mentors.
Make sure to register for the monthly classes under our event page.
Friends on the Go supports children who have difficulty with social relationships and wish to connect with others. This group hopes to support kids ages four and older who have social challenges and wish to make friends in a low stress environment. Monthly or bi-monthly outings will be scheduled to local destinations such as Wildflower Studio, Petra Cliffs, Spare Time and more! Descriptions of each event will include cost, age range, noise level, etc. so families can choose the activities that best fit their needs. Age appropriate siblings are invited to join in as well!
Activities are listed on Event Calendar as well as Facebook.
Kids Rehab Gym, a non-profit, is an incredible center which provides physical and occupational therapy to children of all ages. Their staff is amazing at working with children with special needs, communicating with treatment providers, and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere. They have a heated pool, treadmill, bikes, and climbing wall in order to enhance overall physical skills.
Join UVM’s Ballet Viridis Ballet Company in a dance workshop for children with disabilities. The first half of the program will consist of simple warm ups and movement, while the second half will be focused on choreography and improvisation. Every child will be paired with a company member who can tailor movements to their specific needs with the goal of helping every child discover the joys of dance. This class happens several times a month during the school year.
Skirack has done a wonderful job at adapting bicycles for children with special needs. They are great at fitting shoes and skis boots as well. The staff is great with special needs children.
Special Olympics Vermont offers year round sports training and competition opportunities in 13 Olympic-type sports for individuals ages 8+. In 2016, the sports seasons were reorganized into four distinct seasons culminating in four statewide competitions: Winter Games, Summer Games, Fall Games, and Holiday Games.
This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to participate in sports, make friends, and have fun!
The Special Olympics Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children with and without disabilities ages 2 through 7, designed to provide opportunities for young children to be active, have fun, and learn foundational sports skills. The program supports physical, cognitive and social development — skills important on and off the sports field. It also offers families connections to local Special Olympics Programs. There is no cost for your family for participating. The program offers 1 hour classes that meet for 6-8 weeks throughout the year.
Kayla’s Directory is partnering with Cochran’s Ski Area to enable 6 children with special needs to participate in the “Spectacular Ski Program.” The class will begin Sunday, January 7, 2018 and run for 6 consecutive weeks. Each class will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 10:10 a.m. Each skier will be matched with a local high school student or community mentor to ensure their success on the mountain.
Kayla’s Directory partners with Full Stride to run two 8-week skating programs for children who want to learn the fundamentals of skating. This program is all about FUN and allowing all children to have the experience of being on the ice! We try to pair each child up with a mentor to help them be successful.
The classes are held at Cairns Arena in South Burlington on Wednesday’s at 4:30. One session begins in October and another session begins in January. This is for children ages 5 and up.
Tasty Water Adventures is dedicated to providing access, promoting inclusivity, and creating joy through fishing and the outdoors for those living with a life altering injury or disability.
Tasty Water Adventures will offer:
- Adaptive casting lessons.
- Access to our waterways through adaptive equipment.
- Fly tying classes and lessons
- Guided fly fishing outings.
Team Impact connects children who have special health needs to local college athletic teams. Team Impact’s mission is improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
It has had such a positive impact on our daughter. Although our daughter is not able to skate, she loves to watch hockey. She has been watching the UVM women’s hockey for two years now and is very excited to be a part of their team. It is the first time in 7 years that we have seen her so confident in herself and happy to be a part of the UVM team.
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is a 6 week program for kids who have all types of disabilites. During this 1 1/2 hour weekly program, each child is usually paired with a local Vermont high school soccer player. It is a great program that is very well run. It usually begins in the beginning of September.
Vermont Learning Lab offers one on one tutoring, homework support, and Pre-K reading groups. It provides a very structured and calm environment where children can enhance their academic skills. Vermont Learning Lab is able to provide advice about learning disabilities and IEPs, and they can recommend further testing when necessary.
A mother of a 7 year old dyslexic states: “A friend recommended Jenna shortly before my son was diagnosed with dyslexia. From the very beginning she was amazing at working with his quirky behavior and has always made learning fun for him. After only working with him for 7 months, I can confidently say she taught my son to read and has completely turned his confidence around. It is obvious that Jenna cares deeply for all of her ‘kiddos’ and always has their best interest in mind. We have also worked with Sara for some math tutoring over the summer and she was wonderful as well!”
Bonnie Benson is well-known for her amazing ability to teach children with special needs how to swim.
Kayla’s Directory sponsors an “adaptive” mini-milers program that is organized through Vermont City Marathon. This 6-week program is offered in the spring for children with special needs in kindergarten through 6th grade. Mentors from area high schools help the children engage in games, run, have a healthy snack, and have fun.
This is an incredible resource for families in Vermont. Ambucs creates adaptive bicycles for people with disabilities. Their goal is to “create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.” They have worked to get over 250 kids with disabilities on bikes throughout Vermont. Their annual statewide fitting event is typically held the Saturday before Mother’s Day in central Vermont.
Ams Vans sells wheelchair vans with used and new conversions. They also will convert vans so they are wheelchair accessible. The company is based in Georgia. However, they offer front door delivery on their vans. One mother said she purchased a van from Ams Vans and was very satisfied with the van and the service.
A dentist that was recommended by a family who has a child with special needs. Apparently Ana is very good at giving concrete steps for children on what will be happening when they get their teeth cleaned as well as what each step will feel like.
The ARCH program serves children who have an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, or an emotional or behavioral challenge. They help provide and access supports for the child and their families. Support can include family support, respite, and care coordination. They also specialize in youth transitioning into adulthood.